Former Zambian president Frederick Chiluba’s condition has stabilised after he was rushed to the University Teaching Hospital in Lusaka shortly after collapsing at his home on Thursday. Dr.Chiluba will remain in hospital for treatment and further medical tests.
“Dr Chiluba will remain in hospital until doctors advise when he should be discharged. However, his condition is now stable,” Mwamba said on Friday.
Chiluba, 64, was due to appear before a team of Zambian doctors on Monday to determine whether he is fit enough for a corruption trial which stalled in May last year due to his ill health.
Three weeks ago British judge Peter Smith said Chiluba must personally pay back $41 million of the $46 million he and 19 other former senior government officials are accused of siphoning from the Treasury.
Smith gave his ruling in a case that Zambia brought in a British court, a move officials said was aimed at recovering properties Chiluba and his associates bought in that country, Belgium and other European nations using stolen public funds.
Chiluba has denied he or his associates stole funds during his decade-long rule and accuses and accuses his successor Levy Mwanawasa of a political witch hunt.